Kimo Leopoldo. Photo courtesy of Kimo-Therapy.com
MMA on Tap has learned that MMA pioneer, Kimo Leopoldo, has passed away at the age of 41. According to reports, Leopoldo died from complications from an apparent heart attack. Other details are still unknown at this point.
Kimo first appeared on the mixed martial arts scene in 1994 fighting Royce Gracie at UFC 3. Kimo provided Gracie with his first true test and from that point forward was a known commodity in the MMA world.
Over the span of 12 years, Kimo amassed a MMA record of 10-7-1 while fighting for organizations such as the UFC, PRIDE FC, and K-1. Kimo graced the ring with the likes of Ken Shamrock, David “Tank” Abbott, Dan Severn, Tsuyoshi “TK” Kohsaka, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Royce Gracie.
In recent years, Kimo has battled with drug issues having tested positive for anabolic steroids and being arrested for possession of a controlled substance in Tustin, CA. It is unknown if drugs played any role in his death.
Everyone at MMA on Tap would like to send their condolences to the friends and family of Kimo Leopoldo.
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